Commemoration of World Ozone Day
- Media statement: Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi to commemorate World Ozone Day with the Kabokweni Community in Mpumalanga.
World Ozone Day is a product of the Montreal Protocol Convention under the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), seeking to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the ozone reducing substances. South Africa is party to both the Vienna Convention for the protection of Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer.
The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated annually on the 16th September. This day has been marked by the UNEP to commemorate the 16 September 1987, when a group of twenty-four countries came together and signed the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.
The observation of World Ozone Day aims to raise awareness on the threats of the depletion of the ozone layer from harmful man made gases and appeal to all industries and citizens to protect it by using products which are ozone-friendly. Furthermore, the Department of Environmental Affairs intends to expose learners to environment-related careers during the event.
The theme for the celebrations is, “A healthy atmosphere, the future we want”.